The novel gives the reader a remarkable glimpse into a seventeenth-century horror, but does so with both compassion and exuberance. Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife and The Last Time They Met. Geraldine Brooks’s impressive first novel goes well beyond chronicling the devastation of a plague-ridden village.
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague is a 2001 international bestselling historical fiction novel by Geraldine Brooks. It was chosen as both a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book. The novel is written in the point of view of a housemaid named Anna Frith, on what she lives through when the plague hits her village.
Year of Wonders book. Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks 2001 novel describes the plague years of 1666 and concludes with a very unusual and somewhat unbalanced ending. While reading I thought of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and of course Camus’ The Plague (and I forgive her much about the ending for the mention of Oran which could NOT have been coincidence).
Geraldine Brooks (born 1955) is an Australian-American journalist and author. In April 2006, the book earned Brooks the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for "March". Early life and career. Set in 1666, "Year Of Wonders" follows a young woman's battle to save her fellow villagers and her soul when the plague suddenly strikes the small Derbyshire village of Eyam. Her second novel, "March", was published in late February 2005. March" seems to have had its roots in Brooks' childhood.
Geraldine Brooks’s novel explores love and learning, fear and fanaticism, and the struggle of 17th century science and religion to deal with a seemingly diabolical pestilence. Year of Wonders’ is also an eloquent memorial to the real-life Derbyshire villagers who chose to suffer alone during England’s last great plague.
Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks 308pp, Fourth Estate, £1. 9. It begins with the scent of rotting apples and a flush that looks like rose petals blooming beneath the skin. In her first essay into historical fiction, Geraldine Brooks approaches the situation not as a novelist, but as a war correspondent whose experience of reporting from Gaza, Somalia and Bosnia is keenly felt on every page of this chilling, forensically detailed dispatch from the frontline of the 17th century. Most historical novelists would have difficulty imagining the near-extermination of an entire community. Brooks doesn't have to.
Geraldine Brooks's ‘Year of Wonders’ is a wonder indeed. The novel gives the reader a remarkable glimpse into a 17th century horror, but does so with both compassion and exuberance. Anita Shreve, author of ‘The Pilot’s Wife’ and ‘The Last TIme They Met’. More than a mountain of corpses, more than a sensual evocation of the Sapphic bond between two women, more than a pulse-quickening tale, ‘Year of Wonders’ is a staggering fictional debut.
Geraldine Brooks’s Year of Wonders focuses on the lives of the villagers in the plague-stricken town of Eyam in 1665. As this close-knit community suffers the effects of isolation arising from their rector’s decision to quarantine the town, many of the villagers are overcome by fear and ignorance. As fear spreads, conditions become worse for the villagers.
Year of Wonders Reader’s Guide. Geraldine Brooks is the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, the bestselling Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over. Category: Literary Fiction Historical Fiction. Year of Wonders Reader’s Guide. She is also a former war correspondent whose writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,New York Times, and Washington Post. A conversation with geraldine brooks. In your afterword, you describe chancing upon Eyam and its terrible history while living in England in 1990.